OrderPaperToday – Senators from Yobe state appeared not to be interested in lending their voices to national discuss through the legislative window of motions and petitions sponsorship.
Despite enormous challenges confronting the Northeast region, the Senators have maintained silence on motions and petitions in the first two years of the 9th Senate according to records.
Sen. Gaidam Ibrahim (APC, Yobe East) joined the Senate after serving as the governor of Yobe state for eight years making him fall in the category of the former governors at the Senate.
Gaidam’s experience as the executive governor of Yobe state has not reflected in the sponsorship of motions and petitions since assumption of duty as Senator.
Like Gaidam, Sen. Bomai Ibrahim Mohammed (APC, Yobe South), a first time senator, has no motions and petitions to his credit, despite his years of experience in public financial management.
Similarly, the Senate President, Sen. Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe North) is no different from his counterparts from the State. He has not sponsored any motion and petition since assumption of duty as the Senate President. This is understandable being a presiding officer whose position tends to deny him such latitude.
Sadly, Lawan is the only Senator from the state who maintained zero record on bill sponsorship compared to his presiding oficcer counterpart in the House of Representatives during the period under review. One may argue that the administrative burden on Lawan may have stopped him from sponsoring motions, petitions and bills; but Gbajabiamila appeared to have discredited such argument by his bills sponsorship record among Lagos contingent.
It is interesting to note that Lawan has been in the National Assembly since the beginning of Fourth Republic. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 1999 and along the line transmitted into the Senate. During the 8th Assembly, he served as the the Majority leader after loosing his Senate President bid to Abubakar Saraki.
Aside presiding over plenaries, nothing has been credited to legislative performance via bills, motions and petitions windows.